Cerise Hunt, MSW is the Director for the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. In this role, she is responsible for the formation of community linkages that guide public health practice, provision of continuing education and workforce development opportunities in public health, and engagement in public health practice research. Cerise was instrumental in the formation of the Colorado Black Health Collaborative and the Far Northeast Health Alliance. She is also a founding member of the Healthy Babies Strong Families Healthy Start Community Action Network, which is a multi-sector collective impact initiative committed to the reduction of the African American/Black infant mortality rate and the promotion of positive birth outcomes.
Prior to her employment with the Colorado School of Public Health, Cerise was the Health Disparities Specialist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Office of Health Disparities. There, she was charged with developing and implementing state-wide strategies to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities. Cerise’s areas of expertise include health equity, social determinants of health, cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, workforce diversity, community-campus partnerships, and community outreach and mobilization among diverse populations.